Trilingual education in Hong Kong primary schools: a case study

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Title Trilingual education in Hong Kong primary schools: a case study
Author Wang, Lixun; Kirkpatrick, Andy
Journal Name International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
Editor Colin Baker
Year Published 2012
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Since 1997, the 'biliterate and trilingual' policy has been adopted by the Hong Kong government, and is now guiding the curriculum design in Hong Kong primary schools. This language policy aims to ensure that Hong Kong students become biliterate (written English and Chinese) and trilingual (spoken English, Cantonese and Putonghua). However, Hong Kong primary schools currently do not have an agreed method for the implementation of trilingual education. As a preliminary step in the investigation of methods of the implementation of trilingual education in Hong Kong primary schools, we carried out a detailed case study of the trilingual education model adopted in a primary school. Views of key stakeholders (the principal, teachers, students and parents), on how successful the model is, were collected, and a number of lessons taught using English, Cantonese or Putonghua as the medium of instruction were recorded and analysed. On the basis of the research findings, a possible model for implementing trilingual education in Hong Kong primary schools has been suggested.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
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ISSN 1367-0050
Date Accessioned 2012-06-27
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Asia Institute; Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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